Archbishop Dolan, the darker-horse candidate than black fiddlebacks and lace in a liberal parish, ascends to the USCCB presidency. Let’s speculate:
– It is a sex abuse cover-up thing? If so, the bishops have cultivated consciences over the past three years.
– Is it a big city thing? We’ve gone from Belleville IL and Spokane WA to Chicago and New York. Maybe the Congregation of Bishops really know what they’re doing with their philosophy of upwardly mobile
– Is it a liberal/conservative thing? My own feeling is that our last liberal bishops were appointed in 1979. One priest in my diocese once quipped that our own archbishop (serving since 1995) has become a raving liberal, just by standing pat.
My own sense is that the spokesman for the conference needed to be a “media guy.” Cardinal George had his reputation for being a “smart guy.” Maybe the bishops assessed that “smart” didn’t work too well for them: a
pro-choice babykiller Democrat was elected president, FOCA was exposed for being the biggest threat to the unborn in a generation a phantom issue designed to raise money for the GOP, and abortion funding was endorsed by treasonous Catholics and major insurance reform drove a wedge between bishops expecting mindless obedience and Catholics who assessed a moral political issue differently.
Archbishop Dolan can play well to the crowd. He’s not afraid to conduct a pep rally on Palm Sunday. Question is: can he be the media spokesman/conservative/ big city boy people are expecting? What’s your analysis?